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The Way He Looks (Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho)

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Brazilian gay coming-of-age tale, almost quaint in its old-fashioned sweetness and gentle dramatics. Leonardo is a blind boy, and his disability means that he feels the old adolescent tension between dependence and autonomy even more keenly than usual. (Worried Mama is worried all the time.) Giovanna is his loyal best friend and guide, except now that they're growing up, she's starting to feel other things, too. Cue the entrance of gorgeous newcomer Gabriel. Awkward parties, awkward camping trips, awkward showers, and awkward conversations ensue. Alcohol helps things along. Writer-director Daniel Ribeiro is a better writer than he is a director — children of the '80s may feel a nostalgic twang or two as the story makes its way toward the inevitable — but his cast helps to accentuate the positive. (2014)

Rated NR | 1 hour, 36 minutes
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